PM meets flood committee before start of upcountry trip

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BANGKOK, June 10 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is due to meet with National Water Resources and Flood Policy Committee (NWFPC) before leaving the capital to inspect progress of flood prevention measures in the provinces.

Sansanee Nakpong, a government spokeswoman, said in a telephone interview that the prime minister will convene a meeting on Monday with the NWFPC before embarking on a four-day trip to eight provinces, covering areas from upstream to downstream.

The four-day flood trail excursion would take her to Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Sing Buri, Chai Nat, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Tak and Chiang Mai.

Ms Yingluck also ordered ministers to inspect provinces and will meet them and governors at the Chao Phraya dam in Chai Nat on June 13, the spokeswoman said.

The trip is aimed at checking readiness in water management to handle potential flooding in the rainy season.

As part of flood prevention measures, real-time information on the water situation has been prepared. Moreover, drills in response to flooding will be conducted, Ms Sansanee said.